Collectors asked to initiate measures to meet the target

The State government has asked all district Collectors to ensure execution of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project -- vital for providing broadband connectivity to all gram panchayats.

The NOFN project, which is to be executed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) in the State, is targeted to be completed by the end of this year.

Being implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle named as Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) with equity participation from BSNL, RAILTEL and PGCIL, the project is to extend the existing optical fibre network from block to all gram panchayats.

Tripartite pact

The State government has signed a tripartite agreement with the Union government and the BBNL for timely execution of this project in the State.

District Collectors have been asked to ensure that all gram panchayats provide minimum 50 sq ft space in the gram panchayat offices with main power of 200W free of cost for installation of equipment for NOFN. Representatives of the executing agencies should be provided free access to GP offices for operation and maintenance of activities.

The State government has identified the IT Department as its nodal agency for the project. Three agencies would be in charge of surveying 30 districts.

Collectors have been advised to communicate all block development officers, executive officers of the urban local bodies, and other line department officials about the importance of the project and extend cooperation for smooth completion of the project.

  • It aims at providing broadband connectivity to all gram panchayats

  • IT Department has been the nodal agency for the project